Different spaces resonate in different ways. The materials of a space will alter how a space sounds which also has an effect on how a space feels.
Sonic qualities of different spaces will all differ, whether the space is open and large, small and confined or outside and windy.
The environment can affect sound which is why if the same composition was played in a bedroom as opposed to a large hall, the listening experience would be completely different. Materials can either reflect or absorb sound; reflecting surfaces provide and echo where as absorbing surfaces can dampen a sound.
Whilst visiting the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin last February, I experienced Susan Philipsz work ‘Part File Score’- 2014. Exhibited in the converted train station part of the gallery, Philipsz used the stations pillars to install speakers, thus almost hiding them away and revealing the true architecture of the space…
Here is a fantastic index of innovative composers, improvisers, and sonic artists which if you fulfil the criteria as an artist you can request to be added. Follow the About link –
The focus of this index is on women in experimental/avant garde music: contemporary classical/post-classic composition, free improvisation and avant jazz, electronic/ electroacoustic music, sound art, sound installations, radio art, sound poetry, etc. A few of these artists may also work within relatively mainstream forms, but they are included here because of their other work that is more challenging (example: Yoko Ono)
Some may wonder why I reblog articles like this on Feminatronic, when it is a site about Women Electronic artists but that is precisely the point. Just as I felt that the artists I highlight were not really visible or heard, this article covers the history and underlying theories that have contributed to that perceived invisibility. It fits with the previous post about Alternative Electronic Histories and the aim to readdress the imbalances. Also, if you are interested in sound creation, the silences are also valid.
This week we are pleased to welcome Guest Editor Karly-Lynne Scott kick off the last Thursday Series that Sounding Out! is running in 2015. Over the last ten months, this stream has reconsidered historical figures from radio preacher Elder Michaux to folklorist Alan Lomax, found new ways to tune in the weird voices in literature from Joseph Conrad to H.P. Lovecraft, and featured unsettled soundscapes from Vancouver to Havana.
All year, our Thursday authors have been challenging sonic archives and remaking historical and contemporary problems. That trend continues with Scott’s exciting work and that of her authors in Hysterical Sound.
— Special Editor Neil Verma.
Hysteria, the infamous and now-discredited psychological disorder that was a common diagnosis for women during the 19th century, has important sonic dimensions that have often been overlooked. Indeed, sound holds a prominent place in both the symptoms and treatment of hysteria: from the…
Feminatronic has been putting together playlists for some time on different platforms. At first, I used the 8Track format but with the recent changes on that platform, I found that I couldn’t continue to put together the eclectic and wideranging playlists any more. Unfortunately, I had to close that account.
Over the past weeks I have been replicating and creating new playlists directly on Soundcloud. I post these each Monday on Twitter and Facebook, where they are pinned for the week. Here is this weeks playlist inspired by a message I received from the artist Alma Laprida, who provided me with a great list of South American electronic musicians. There is a rich heritage of electronic music creation in that part of the world and this is the first part of my exploration. More to come soon.
Cynthia Wang – Her work is framed in critical cultural perspectives. In the past she has done research on how Asian American musicians use digital media to build community and collaborate, and how crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo provide new avenues of creative production and distribution for independent artists.
Check out the other podcasts via the SO! site – interesting series on sound, soundwalks and field recording with an academic but accessible remit.
In this podcast, Cynthia Wang shares examples taken from a soundwalk she performed at Disneyland. Disneyland has been an idealized space for the middle-class white American experience, and the aural signals and music used throughout the park encourage visitors to become cultural tourists and to share in this mindset. Here Cynthia considers the moments of rupture that disturb Disney’s controlled soundscape. Join us as we listen for a pathway out of the hyper-consumerist labyrinth of Disney. And, if you would like to learn more about this soundwalk, visit it’s website here.
Cynthia Wang is currently a PhD candidate at the Annenberg School of Communication at USC, a USC Endowed Fellow, and a USC Diploma in Innovation grant recipient (for an LGBTQ stories…
Jessica Tucker (1989, USA), aka FETTER, is an Amsterdam-based multimedia artist, musician, and producer. With her intimate and layered vocal/electronic music, together with her surreal and playfully strange animation videos and poetry, Tucker’s work expresses a kind of optimistic melancholy. In her recent installation work she deals with themes such as narcissism, insecurity, and the concept of ‘maintaining potential.’ In the past Tucker has also explored through sound, video, installation, and performance, topics such as the paradoxical simultaneity of presence and absence in distanced forms of self-expression, the vulnerability and power of the voice, and the human tendency to conceptualize ‘self’ in terms of abstract spatial relations.
I will be talking at Brighton’s Digital Radio Festival on Sept 24th part of a day long conference being run by Totally Radio a day of inspiring conversation, music, live broadcast and sound art at radio’s cutting edge. More info